Episode 126: Whole Roasted Cauliflower, January Cookbook Club, Smoked Paprika

 

Marisa's inspiring homemade snow day pizza.
Marisa’s inspiring homemade snow day pizza.

Joy and Marisa had different takes on all the stories that came out during the blizzard about what to cook on a snow day. They also recapped all the meals they made while snowed in.

Have you seen the recipes for whole roasted cauliflower making the rounds? Marisa tried it out and reported back. Here’s the one from the New York Times she riffed one.

whole roasted cauliflower

We traded tricks and techniques for making hot chocolate at home and mentioned the good places to get it in Philly.

We got into the nitty gritty about cooking from our first cookbook club book–101 Easy Asian Recipes. We talked about what we made, what worked, what didn’t work, and whether we liked it overall. Did you join us in cooking from it this month? If so tell us in the comments here.

There are plenty of simple ways to use your stash of smoked paprika and we cover a few of them. It’s a good way to bring a grilled flavor to this grill-free time of year.

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Episode 125: Resolution Check in and Eating for Well Being

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Marisa’s Meal Plan Chalk Board

What makes for a diet that contributes to good health and makes a person feel great? Marisa and I talk about this surprisingly complicated subject.

One strategy that is key for us both? Meal planning. Marisa has been writing her meal plan on her kitchen chalkboard and posting it on Instagram. (You can follow her instagram here.)

We got a little philosophical about attitudes regarding different ways of eating and the judgment that can invade that conversation.

We talked celebrities and their approaches to diet: Nigella Lawson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen.

Joy ranted about how needless dietary restrictions negatively impact your ability to participate in food culture and connect with others, ultimately diminishing overall quality of life.

We detail our shopping lists for when we want to focus on eating for well being.

Here’s that Michael Ruhlman article we mentioned.

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Episode 124: Winter Stews, The Instant Pot, and Cooking While Sick

 

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Green Chicken Chili at Joy’s House

We talked about the Mast Brothers’ scandal. The Brooklyn-based, bearded chocolate “makers” have been under intense scrutiny for the past month or so. Read all about it.

The cold weather is really here now. We are all about the winter stews and we dish about our favorite recipes. Here’s the black bean, chicken and cashew chicken chili recipe Joy mentioned.

Joy got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and she shares her first experiences cooking with this multi-cooker. Her favorite so far: chicken stock.

Marisa is struggling with a pesky winter cold, and she and Joy talk about the things they cook and eat when they aren’t feeling well. Of course, soups are discussed. Joy looks forward to making Rotisserie Chicken Ramen from our January book club pick, 101 Easy Asian Recipes.

It’s winter. At the store, we’re buying cabbage. And we’re talking again about the many different ways we like to cook and eat it. Marisa provides Joy some coaching for her first batch of kimchi.

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Episode 123: Winter Salads, Using Your Leftovers, Cookbook Club

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First we talked about a controversial recent study that suggested a vegetarian diet is worse for the environment than a meaty one. We are suspicious.

Winter salads–Joy and Marisa love salads all year long. Here’s the warm winter bread salad recipe Joy mentions.

Leftovers are a vexation for some people, but Joy and Marisa know what to do with them. They share their favorite tips to kick your food waste to the curb. One of the best: Make Marisa’s rye crepes and hide those leftovers inside them.

We proudly introduced the Local Mouthful Cookbook Club, and we hope you’ll become a member simply by picking up each month’s chosen book and join our conversation about the book and the recipes. First up: 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan and the Editors of Lucky Peach. We’re going to try to organize a cookbook pot luck as part of the club, so stay tuned for details.

Our seasonal ingredient crush of the moment is pomegranate. Marisa tells us how to pick a good one.

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